Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions began the two-day process to potentially become attorney general on Tuesday. After being nominated by President-elect Donald Trump, the hearings and the following vote are all that stand between him and becoming the head of the Department of Justice.
Senators from across the United States have aimed questions at Sessions’ regarding his concerning history supporting the Ku Klux Klan, calling the NAACP “unAmerican,” denying climate change and even challenging legal immigration.
The long-time senator of Alabama has collected many enemies during his 20 years in Congress. Many of them revealed themselves to be int he crowd during his confirmation hearings in the form of vocal protests.
“I deeply understand the history of civil rights and the horrendous impact that relentless and systemic discrimination and the denial of voting rights has had on our African-American brothers and sisters,” Sessions told the Senate Judiciary Committee.
At multiple points during the hearing on Tuesday, voices could be heard off camera as protestors were escorted out by Capitol police. Two men have garnered headlines after they wore hans resembling those of the KKK and shouted, “You can’t arrest me! I’m white!”
HAPPENING NOW: Protestor thrown out of Sessions confirmation hearing. Dressed as klansman. pic.twitter.com/2DPJhg7M8M
— Sam Sweeney (@SweeneyABC) January 10, 2017
Protester casually reading "The New Jim Crow" ahead of Sessions' confirmation hearing pic.twitter.com/KaUlqq9fLd
— Liz Goodwin (@lizcgoodwin) January 10, 2017
"Senator Jeff Sessions, you are a racist!"-protester
— Vann R. Newkirk II (@fivefifths) January 10, 2017
Other protesters called Sessions “racist” and a “pig” before being forced out of the conference room. Some were shown on camera yelling “Senators, do your job!” and chanting “Black Lives Matter!”
Sessions’ confirmation hearing is the first of multiple that will attempt to vet President-elect Trump’s nominations, which many have found concerning.
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